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Saturday, 02 March 2013 11:18

Six Armed Oppositions Arrested

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Six armed oppositions arrested from relevant areas of Nangarhar province.
Interior Ministry press office reported BNA, the Taliban were launching terrorist activities in the relevant area of Gollaey village of Shinwari district, Nangarhar province arrested by border police, along with five Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher with its two bullets, two guns and other military instruments.

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:44

7 Armed Oppositions Killed

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) 7 armed oppositions killed in a clash with Afghan security forces.
Interior Ministry press office reported BNA, 7 armed oppositions killed, one injured and 19 arrested during the operations were launched by Afghan security forces in the relevant areas of Kandahar, Logar, Paktika and Farah provinces.
It has been said that during the operations five different types of mines, two Kalashnikovs, an amount of Military instruments, a motorcycle and a vehicle were seized.

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:35


Saturday, March 2, 2013
Kabul (BNA) On going execution of Afghans in Iran not only reduces the trust of Afghans to Islamic Republic of Iran but in long run effects badly relations between the two neighboring countries.
BNA commentator writes on that regard:
Afghans are following the news about the execution of their compatriots in Iran with great concern.
In a series of such brutal and inhumane executions, the bodied of five Takhar residents were transferred from Iran and buried in their birthplaces. They were too young and were accused of narcotic drugs smuggling.
The bodies of those youth handed over to their relatives in a despaired atmosphere while there are serious rumors that a huge number of Afghans are currently behind the bars of Iranian prisons, have been sentences to death and waiting for performing the verdicts already have been issued by so called Islamic courts of that country.
The Afghan people respecting the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, cordially wished the people of this fraternal country to live in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility and always persistently demanded Afghanistan and Iran as two countries with joint culture, history and language with mutual understanding attempt for better cooperation and settling   the relevant problems and to live in peace and stability. The Afghans strongly believe the criminal and who commit offences should be punished according to the law without and discriminations. The Afghan refugees who live in Iran due to more than 3 decades of unrests in their homeland are not exceptional before the law and they should be punished if they violate the law. The Afghans while insist on legally persecution of   
Offenders and accused people in their own and other countries, made it clear that the Afghans who have been accused of committing a fault should be tried openly and justly by a court.   Unfortunately this internationally accepted norms, has not been observed against depressed Afghans. The trial of accused Afghans in Iran has not been carried out according international and Iran’s judicial criteria. Afghan prisoners in Iran have no access to the lawyer and other legal facilities. The verdicts against Afghan prisoners have been issued mostly in private, in absence of media, the families of suspects, Afghan political missions in Iran and lawyers. 
Afghanistan as a neighboring country of Iran and a UN member has the right to know about the cased of its nationals sentenced to prison in Iran or other countries and follow the process of their trial and to defend their rights.
With great regret, the Afghan missions in Iran have not been informed about the charges, Afghans are accused. In the meantime, Iran continues executing Afghans, while there is a document on exchanging prisoners between the two countries. In addition, our Iranian friends have committed to reduce death penalty to life sentence regarding to the Afghans.  They should meet their commitment. On the other hand Afghanistan has explicit and serious laws regarding to drug trafficking, if the Iranian side expatriates the Afghans suspect to drug trafficking to Afghanistan, certainly they would be tried and punished according to those laws.
While the Afghan people follow the Afghans executions in Iran with great concern, are hopeful the diplomatic efforts of Afghanistan affect positively in ending the crisis which will have serious consequences on relations between the two neighboring and friendly countries.
Recently the council of ministers of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan discussed the issue of executions of Afghans in Iran and assigned the ministry of foreign affairs and national security directorates contacting the Iranian side assess the problem. In the meantime, the ministry of foreign affairs tries to hire lawyers to defend the rights of Afghan prisoners in Iran. We hope the efforts proved to be successful and the problem be settled via negation between the two Islamic countries in order the trust between the people of the countries with long common cultural and historic ties further strengthened.  
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director 

Saturday March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Khan Jan Alkozai the deputy to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has rejected the recent decision of Minister’s Council on collecting taxes by municipalities in center and provinces.
Addressing a press conference, Alkozai noted that collecting such taxes would lead to price hike, disappointing traders and eventually promoting corruption in the country.
He also said that private sector is committed to pay its taxes to the government which is necessary for checking corruption increasing government treasury.

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) It is planned that ten art works of Afghanistan is displayed at the Nauruz Festival to be held in Turkmenistan this year.
It is expected that Nauruz festivities is organized in presence of leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Mohammad Rafiq Khushnoud head of the National Art Gallery of the ministry of Information and Culture said that the ten art works include the art work Tufan of Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Maimanagi, old bazaars of Kabul, Dara Panjsheer, Kabul’s villages, Puli Khishti Mosque, Sakhi Shrine of Kabul, Jam Minaret of Herat and the Buzkashi Game.
He added that Afghan musical pieces will also be part of the festival, as well as traditional Afghani foods will be served to the interested guests.
It should be noted that the festival was organized last year in Mazari-Sharif with participation of 26 countries.

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:21

President Karzai’s Sympathy Message

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The message notes that I was informed with regret that Prof. Dr. Abdul Haq Nazari lecturer of Kabul Medical University has died may his soul rest in peace. 
Late Prof. Dr. Abdul Haq Nazari has been an experienced lecturer of Afghanistan in teaching medicine and treatment and he has served the people with honesty and trained many young cadres.
The message conveys sympathies to his family members, friends and the officials and employees of the Kabul Medical University and asks peace for his soul and patience for the bereaved family members.

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:20

Nine gunned down in fresh Karachi violence

Saturday, March 02, 2013
KARACHI (BNA) Nine persons lost their lives in the ongoing spate of violence that has engulfed the metropolis while two others were injured Saturday, Geo News reported.
According to police, unknown gunmen killed a seminary teacher in Shah Faisal Colony. Three persons were killed when armed attackers opened fire at Sabri Chowk in Orangi Town, rescue sources told.
Two persons were also shot dead in Moach Goth area in separate firing incidents while another was killed in C-1 area of Liaquatabad.
Unknown culprits dumped a body late at night in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area and fled from the scene. The victims was kidnapped, tortured and later shot dead. His identity could not be ascertained till last reports.
A man in injured condition was dumped at Railway Society in the vicinity of Aziz Bhatti police station who had been subjected to torture. He was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Another man was injured when armed dacoits opened fire on him as he resisted a robbery attempt in Keamari area. He was also transferred to a private hospital for medical aid.

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Norwegian ambassador to Afghanistan in meeting with interior minister General Ghulam Mujtaba Patang here yesterday assured his country would continue to support Afghanistan in giving training and equipping the national police, press office of interior ministry said.
In the meeting, the interior minister thanked Norway for its support to Afghanistan over the past decade.
He also said that Afghanistan has welcomed the security transition process and the national security forces including police are capable enough to ensure law and order in the country.

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed  Makhdom Raheen chaired the preparatory meeting of the commission for organizing of National Nauruz Festival, which was attended by representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, agriculture and irrigation, public health, women affairs, energy and water, transport, finance and commerce and industries and that of general directorate of national security, environment protection, some government officials and the Kabul municipality.
Dr. Raheen informed the meeting about the Nauruz festival and added that it is expected that this year’s Nauruz festival is arranged with dignity and credibility and the festival will be witness from kite flying to theater plays, musical and sports events and the exhibitions.
The second part of this meeting was chaired by Deputy Minister of Information and Culture for Publication Mubarez Rashidi and the representatives of the related organs explained their part at the festival.
The meeting decided that the coming meeting of the commission should be held on Sunday of coming week.

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qasem Fahim First Vice President met with the Polish ambassador to Kabul Peter Luka Sevich and exchanged views with him on cooperation between Afghanistan and Poland in economic and cultural spheres and continued support of Poland to Afghanistan.
Marshal Fahim at this meeting emphasized on the need for world cooperation with Afghanistan and added that the cooperation of international community can prevent Afghanistan’s return to the past era.
He added that Poland has assisted Afghanistan in the past years in economic, cultural and military spheres and it is hoped that this process continue.
He noted that security in Afghanistan after 2014 necessitates having of modern and equipped and trained security forces that the world community including the friends of Afghanistan will assist in this respect.
The Polish ambassador expressed the hope that the people of Afghanistan can restore peace and security in their country and added that his country will remain on the side of the Afghan nation and will cooperate for its progress.
He expressed the willingness of Poland in investment in Afghanistan in road building, exploration and extraction of mines and stressed that they are desirous to participate at the infrastructural projects and this way assist upgrading the economy of Afghanistan.

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